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A team of ten so far have been announced to represent New Zealand at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games:

This from www.winterolympics.co.nz

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has named the first members of the team to the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Ten athletes across five sports have been named with the snowboard team yet to be announced.

Among those named today are first time Olympians Mitchey Greig (21, Freeski), Tim Café (22, Alpine Ski) and Ben Koons (23, Cross-Country). These young athletes will join the team alongside more experienced Olympian Ben Sandford who finished tenth in Skeleton at Torino 2006.

In addition, Sarah Murphy has been selected as New Zealand’s first Olympic biathlete pending confirmation of a quota spot from the International Federation.

Chef de Mission to Vancouver, Peter Wardell is delighted to have the first members of the squad named. “With just 22 days until the Opening Ceremony, it certainly has been a nerve wracking wait for the athletes. They have maintained intense training and competition schedules and now can focus on what lies ahead. I’m delighted to welcome the athletes to the team. We’ve raised the bar and I know they’ll step up and make us proud. We’re looking forward to additional announcements next week.”

New Zealand Olympic Selector and Secretary General Barry Maister also welcomed the athletes to the team and said that strategies around high performance in Winter Sport are paying off. “There has been an increased focus on Winter Sports in New Zealand and the NZOC has supported this with the distribution of Olympic Solidarity scholarships to the athletes to the value of $330,000, seed funding of the 2009 Winter Games NZ and ongoing financial support for the Winter Performance Programme (WPP). We’re positive that the combined efforts of the NZOC, NZAS, SPARC and the WPP will lead to improved Olympic performances at Vancouver and then on to Sochi 2014. ”

The athletes are currently based in the Northern Hemisphere. They will come into one of two Olympic Villages situated in Whistler and Vancouver ahead of the Opening Ceremony on the 12th of February. The Olympic Winter Games close on the 28th of February.

New Zealand first took part in a Winter Olympic Games in 1952 in Oslo with a team of five athletes. Since then, New Zealand has had 72 winter Olympians and one winter medallist – Annelise Coberger who took silver in the slalom in 1992 at Albertville. New Zealand’s next best results were two fourths in short-track skating (relay team and individual) at Albertville in 1992, 8th in short-track skating in Lillehammer in 1994 and a 10th in the skeleton at Torino.

Of the 1111 named New Zealand Olympians fewer than 7% have earned this coveted title at winter games. New Zealand’s newest Olympians will be numbered on their return to New Zealand from 1112 upwards.

Team List as at January 22nd 2010

Cross Country Skiing

Ben Koons (23, Dunedin (lives in Maine, US)

Katie Calder (29, Tauranga (born in Canberra)

Skeleton

Tionette Stoddard (35, Dunedin)

Iain Roberts (30, Edinburgh, Scotland)

Ben Sandford (30, Rotorua, 10th Torino 2006)

Skating

Blake Skjellerup (Short Track, 24, Christchurch)

Shane Dobbin (Speed Skating, 30, Palmerston North – 2 x World Champion in-line skating)

Freeski

Michelle Greig (Mitchey) (21, Queenstown)

Alpine Ski

Tim Cafe (22, Queenstown)

Ben Griffin (23, Ohakune)

Confirmed Pending Quota Spots Being offered by the IF

Sarah Murphy (21, Banff Canada and Cadrona)

Still to be named.

Snowboard - pending final competition and quota spot confirmation

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What's your best medal hopes?

No real medal hopes unfortunately but we should get a couple of top 10 results in the skeleton, snow boarding or by Shane Dobbin who is ranked 12th in the world. How abouts the Aussies? Where are your best medal hopes?

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No real medal hopes unfortunately but we should get a couple of top 10 results in the skeleton, snow boarding or by Shane Dobbin who is ranked 12th in the world. How abouts the Aussies? Where are your best medal hopes?

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Speed skater Shane Dobbin is our best medal hope. His rise in the sport has been quite amazing considering he only took it up just over 18 months ago.

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Speed skater Shane Dobbin is our best medal hope. His rise in the sport has been quite amazing considering he only took it up just over 18 months ago.

How do you reckon he will go? Top 10?

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New Zealand will send a team of 16 in total with 5 snow boarders and 1 biathlete being selected. A great effort with our biggest snowboard team ever being selected.

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